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Open Discovery

Posted Friday, July 11, 2008

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In some Ohio counties, if you’re charged with a felony, your defense attorney won’t have access to all of the records. The prosecutor decides which parts your attorney gets. Ohio doesn’t require open file discovery in criminal cases, where both sides share documents, namely, police reports and witness statements. Many prosecutors say sharing those reports place victims in danger of retaliation. Defense attorneys argue too many innocent people end up in prison. A conversation about open discovery on The Sound of Ideas.


Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement


Ian Friedman, President, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dave Yost, Delaware County Prosecutor & member-at-large, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Thomas Hagel, Professor of Law, University of Dayton, School of Law

Additional Information

Open Discovery in Criminal Cases? the briefcase, commentary and analysis on Ohio law

Open Discovery Debate:
Regina Brett's columns on open discovery in The Plain Dealer

The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association repsonse on open discovery

Ohio Evidence Disclosure Rules Invite Misconduct by Prosecutors - The Plain Dealer editorial

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